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Honor

How do you express honor to others? It seems like a different kind of question but it goes to the heart of pointing out at others instead of pointing in at yourself. We are self-focused a lot of the time and desirous of being honored to boost our ego but what we find in life is that those who honor others receive their due honor at some point future. Honor is to give a person high respect, to show the worth, and value of someone. It is not done in public, showing great esteem. It is giving the glory to another for a job well done, an accomplishment well deserved. It is giving them credit when credit is due. It is the privilege of being associated with and conferring distinction upon them. All of these definitions of honor could apply for God, but in God's case particularly, it is worship of Him that shows courteous regard for Him. Solomon said, "Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce." (Prov. 3:9) Honoring God involves releasing yo…

Loyalty and Kindness

What is it that can make a huge difference in your life and in the lives of others around you? When you review the lives of Joseph in Egypt, David in his dealings with Saul's family, Daniel, Ezra and Mordecai living in captivity, and Paul who traveled all over the known world, you find that there were two key elements of their activity, loyalty and kindness. Solomon emphasized these two as the results of a heart filled with the "laws of God." (Proverbs 3:1) These laws were not merely to be memorized by the mind but to be inculcated into the heart. The mind and emotion were to be captivated by them. To forget the law is not a mental mishap but a willful forgetfulness of the heart. All acceptable obedience begins when the heart is bound by God's laws, for it is the heart that first wanders and first returns. Consider the story of the prodigal son. The reward of heart obedience to the law is a long and happy life with the activities of loyalty and kindness evidenced towar…

Committed Love

Committed Love God's love for you is unending. It may not seem so, but the evidence is overwhelming. There are two comparisons made by Jesus when he shares this truth to the people around him. First, he asked them to consider the birds. They are fed by "your Heavenly Father." (Matthew 6:26) Then, the rhetorical question is asked by Jesus, "Aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are? (6:26b) Second, he asks them to consider the wildflowers. "They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are." (6:28) He went on to say, "God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you." (6:30) Jesus who is a part of the Trinity and all-knowing as is God the Father, explains that every human is valued more that every bird, and God cares for you more than He cares for wildflowers. God does not care for us out of oblig…

Awareness

Have you ever gotten the feeling that there was a car in your blind spot? Or, you sensed someone was watching you? There is a certain awareness we all need to have about our surroundings. That's what we tell our children as they grow up, "beware of strangers." They need to have their awareness radar turned on at all time. Awareness is to be conscious of your surroundings rather than oblivious to them. Remember the story The Emperor's New Clothes? The King is convinced by the weavers that he has purchased the best suit of clothes ever made, woven by invisible thread. But actually the weavers are only fooling the ruler, who has no sense of awareness and ends up walking around naked as his subjects go along with the ruse, too intimidated to tell him the truth. Only a small child along the way, who doesn't understand pretense, is truthful enough to declare, "the Emperor is not wearing any clothes!" In that moment of awareness, the Emperor just ignored the ch…